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Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:14

Gambian President Signed The Law That Sentences "Aggravated Homosexuality" To Life Imprisonment

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president Yahya Jammeh

 

We waited to know whether the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh would sign a bill sentencing homosexual acts to life imprisonment, and without surprise, he signed it this month.

Last February, the Gambian President said he "will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays". So hard to think that he would not sign the bill approved by lawmakers in August.

This law criminalizes the "aggravated homosexuality", targeting “serial offenders,» and people who are living with HIV or AIDS and those who have homosexual acts with minors, disabled or a person who has been drugged.

According to The Associated PressThe Associated Press, Amnesty International recently reported that Gambian security forces are torturing people arrested in raids, threatening them with rape and pressuring them to confess to homosexual acts.

The group said at least four men, a 17-year-old boy and nine women have reportedly been arrested in recent weeks on suspicion of committing homosexual acts.

"They were subjected to torture and ill-treatment to force them to confess their so-called 'crimes' and to reveal information about other individuals perceived to be gay or lesbian," Amnesty said.

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